Aggie Assault !!!
September 19, 2009By Daniel Porter of Shelby Co. High School
A reminisence of the movie Friday Night Lights occured Friday night as the away team was down 28-34 on the final drive trying to score and when the game, even though it wasn't Dallas Carter and Permian, and it wasn't for the Texas State Championship, it was Alabama high school football at it's finest! Heres what happened...
The field was soggy and the fans were wet, but the kickoff to Shelby County, Sylacauga was none the less exciting. Wildcats kicked off to the Aggies who took little time in going the length of the field to score their first touchdown on their first possesion thanks to a run by #20 for Sylacauga. The tables then turned and so did the results, the Wildcats recieved the ball and in return went the length of the field to score of their first possesion with QB Braten Dill running a 30 yards for a TD. The PAT was no good and the Aggies held the lead 6-7. The Wildcats stood up though on the next possesion and forced a Sylacauga punt. The Wildcats repeated their first possesion result by scoring another touchdown on their next possesion thanks to running back Denzel Williams. Shelby County went for 2 and converted on the PAT. Now the Wildcats led 14-7, and the first quarter came to a close with that score showing on the scoreboard.
Quarter two began, and theoffenses didn't fly as easily as they had early on, but the Aggies eventually did find the endzone again with eight minutes before the break, but the extra point was missed and Sylacauga trailed 14-13. Then under three minutes before the halftime intermission the Wildcats turned on the jets and put up two scores both coming curtisy of Shelby's leading scorer, Tae Lewis. The Aggies band marched with ponchos on, almost as if in fear of the rain - while the Pride of Shelby County (poncho free) showed the crowd what they really wanted to see!
So with the action back under way, the score was 28-13 in favor of the Wildcats, with extra points coming from Chad King! The stingy Aggies, just as any devil would do, wanted to spoil the party and score with a 2 point conversion as well to pull within seven of Shelby, 28-21. The Wildcats would have none of it, now in the fourth quarter, Braten Dill scambled for his second rushing TD of the night and gave the Wildcats a 34-21 lead. With 6:17 remaining in the game, things took a turn for the unexpected, Denzel Williams was running for the Wildcats when a defender grabbed him in the backfield and almost tackled him. William shook the defender, and caught himself with his arm before falling, he then turned the other way and began running back downfield. The secondary defenders thinking he was downed in the backfield let him run right by on his way to a touchdown, but the referee seeing no one trying to stop Williams thought he must have been down and he didn't see it, so he blew his wistle as Williams was crossing the 30 on his way for a TD. The whistle of course was inadvertant, and the play had to be run again, this time the run resulted in a fumble and the Aggies recovered. With 2:40 left in the game Sylacauga punched it in for a score and now trailed by 6, 34-28. The Wildcats couldn't run out the clock, but they did run the Aggies out of timeouts. Shelby lined up to go for it on fourth and 2 at midfield, but after a five yard penalty they sent Kevin McNorton out to put Sylacauga back deep in their own territory... and he did. The punt was downed at the three. The undefeated Aggies had 97 yards, no timeouts, 1:30 and 11 Wildcats in their way of a victory.
After five plays Sylacauga was at Shelby's 24 yard line, with 6 seconds left, a quick pass was dropped and now two seconds remained. The Wildcats dug in at the line ready to defend for one more play, the result...scak, and the game was over! Both teams now 3-1 records, and a hard fought game gave both side, especially the home side a great game to watch.